Latest information 31st March 2021
This survey is to support the preparatory work being undertaken in the above referenced case. Although the public health restrictions associated with the Coronavirus pandemic vary between regions, we are continuing to process casework. Currently, physical hearings and inquiries (where people travel to and meet in a hearing or inquiry room) are suspended and we are intending to provide additional opportunities for parties to make written submissions and for Orders and applications to be determined based on these written submissions and an unaccompanied site visit (USV). This will be the default method of determination which will be offered to the parties.
Some casework may be conducted on the basis of written representations and a site visit where parties accompany the inspector (ASV). In accordance with current guidelines that meetings should not take place between members of more than six different households, an ASV will not be possible if more than five parties request attendance. Parties are encouraged to work together to determine how their interests can be represented in such circumstances.
In those cases where determination is not considered possible on written exchanges and a site visit, we intend to conduct hearings and inquiries as either virtual events where people participate using landline or mobile telephones or internet connected devices such as smartphones, tablets or computers) or as 'blended' events (where people could either participate face to face with appropriate social distancing or participate virtually via telephone or an internet connected device.
In order to plan ahead, taking account of the current and changing advice in relation to the current public health restrictions and the holding of public gatherings, we are seeking some information to assist in deciding on the most appropriate procedure for future casework. In the interests of fairness to all parties concerned, we would find it helpful if you could provide the following information on the above mentioned case within the next 14 days.
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LATEST INFORMATION 28th February 2020
In light of the number of objections to the Public Path Stopping Up Order under Section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 GCC will be submitting the Order to the Secretary of State for Environment for confirmation. The Secretary of State appoints the Planning Inspectorate to consider the proposals and the objections and their decision will be made in due course. It is likely that a public inquiry will be held and all those who have made a representation will be contacted by the Planning Inspector. Attached is a document, produced by the Planning Inspectorate, entitled "Guidance on procedures for considering objections to DEFINITIVE MAP AND PUBLIC PATH ORDERS in England" which you may find useful.
The Parish Council has sent a letter to those residents in the Parish who live in Farm Lane and adjacent roads to make sure that you are aware of the proposal. The letter is in the document section below.
The Parish Council believes that the managerial convenience of Balcarras School cannot be sufficient grounds to permit this footpath closure and has consequently submitted a strong objection to this proposal. However it does depend primarily on how strongly local residents feel about this. So if you do object to the closure it is very important to respond by the closing date which is 9th January. You can either write to The Principal Public Rights of Way Officer, Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL12TG or email Martine.Tyler3@gloucestershire.gov.uk or use the contact form on the Parish Council website www.leckhamptonwithwardenhill-pc.gov.uk/contact-us.html. We will collate any responses received and send them to GCC.
You can also use this form if you just want to be kept informed of the Parish Council's wider concerns such as the new senior school proposals. GCC has still not responded on the very big issue of how much the school could worsen the morning traffic queues on the A46 and in Church Road.
Notice for the above order was published in the Gloucestershire Echo on Thursday 12th December 2019 and notices posted on site on the same day where they shall remain for 28 days. Representations or objections should be submitted in writing to the Principal Public Rights of Way Officer, Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall. Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2TG and should be received by the 9th January 2020.
This application is to stop up the whole length of path CHL 9. Stopping up just the length within the boundaries of the new school site would create a cul-de-sac path extending from path CHL 10 to the school boundary. There are no feasible options to divert the footpath within the boundaries of the school site due to its compact nature. Diverting the footpath offsite on to adjacent land would require the consent of this landowner, which has not been given. There is an alternative parallel path, CHL 8, 170 metres south of footpath CHL 9.
GCC, footpath CHL/9/MBT letter to residents - 2019 12 27 (PDF, 168 Kb)
The Parish Council is sending this letter to residents living in Farm Lane and adjacent roads to make sure that they are aware of the proposal by Gloucestershire Country Council to permanently close the footpath from Farm Lane opposite Brizen Lane to Kidnappers Lane that runs across the site of the proposed new secondary school.
Gloucestershire County Council pre order consultation report CHL 9
Response to proposed footpath closure (PDF, 119 Kb)
Parish Council objections to the proposed footpath CHL9 closure
Map of proposed closure of footpath CHL9 (PDF, 1 Mb)
Map of proposed closure of footpath CHL9